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Outdoor Stereo Speakers
Why We Considered Outdoor Speakers
We spent quite a lot of time doing up our small garden. We like being outside to enjoy our garden and fresh air. Recently I decided to install some outdoor speakers. At first, I thought we could just turn the volume of our home theater system louder especially when we have friends over but that wasn't really a good idea.
If anyone is outside in the garden, the sound is really muddled. That happens because higher frequency sounds can't pass through wall and windows that well. When someone went in to get something or to use the bathroom, the sound was way too loud for comfort. Opening the doors and windows didn't really help much except to allow mosquitoes and other insects into the house.
At first, I was a bit reluctant to install the outdoor stereo speakers since I thought they were expensive and needed wiring. I hated the idea of drilling holes through the walls. I found that that there were wireless outdoor speakers nowadays that they are pretty affordable and sound decent too. However, since our garden is quite small, I finally decided to go for wired speakers.
If you decide to install outdoor speakers, you must choose those that are water resistant as well as weatherproof. Some speakers are made to blend in with your garden and look like rocks. Others are installed in ground and look a bit like giant mushrooms.
I called them stealth speakers since from a distance, they don't look like speakers at all and you can leave them in the garden instead of having to haul them in once you are done with them. You don't have to worry about someone stealing your brand new stereo speakers either. So these types are a good choice if you have a medium sized garden.
Since our garden is not that big, L shape and generally run parallel to the house, I decided to fit my outdoor stereo speakers under the eaves. Our home have eaves with sufficient width so that I can mount different types of stereo speakers. I suggest that you take a look at your first if you decide to mount them there as well. It would be better to measure the available space before you buy your outdoor stereo speakers.
The other thing to consider is where the speaker wires will run. Depending on the layout of your home, the location of your speakers and your amplifier, you might have an easy job or it need quite some work. Since the size and layout of each home varies a lot, I can't suggest which is the best set for you. For me I liked smaller speakers. They are small enough and semi hidden once installed. I like the fact that you can't tell where they are hidden unless you look for them.
However this might not suit you especially if you want speakers that are louder. Our preference is soothing music and we have a small garden. You might have a larger garden and perhaps, like to throw a loud party once a while like New Years day. If that's your music preference, you need to look for outdoor speakers that can handle the power from your amplifier.
My suggestion is to err on the higher side of power. Indoors, the sound can bounce off the floor and walls. Outdoors, sound dissipates quite fast especially on grass with plants and open areas. You might also need a second pair of outdoor stereo speakers to even out the sound so that.
All this is not too hard. Just a bit of research and I'm sure you'll find the right speakers that fit your needs. One thing I like to buy online is I can see reviews of people who bought and their own experience. From there, you can reduce your chance of making a mistake. Anyway, we got these Polk Audio Atrium outdoor speakers that has over a hundred 5 star reviews on Amazon and it fit our needs.
Now that our outdoor stereo speakers are hooked up, we are enjoying our garden even more. Music can make a big difference to the ambience. It really helps people relax and talk and our friends really enjoy coming over more often.